Jessica Parratto, Katrina Young clinch U.S. Olympic berths in women’s platform

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Jessica Parratto and Katrina Young clinched the two U.S. Olympic diving berths in the women’s platform event by finishing in the top two at the Diving Trials on Saturday in Indianapolis.

Parratto led going into the final round and clinched an individual berth before taking her final dive. Young, meanwhile, began the finals in fourth place, but jumped past Murphy Bromberg and Amy Cozad. Both Parratto and Young will make their Olympic debuts.

Earlier in the week, Parratto and Cozad clinched U.S.’s Olympic berth in the women’s synchronized platform.

VIDEO: U.S. Olympic Diving Trials

Cozad entered Trials as the favorite coming off a win at the 2015 Winter Nationals, with Parratto taking second. At the 2015 Worlds, Cozad placed as the top American in sixth, while Parratto finished 21st.

But Parratto, whose 22nd birthday is Sunday, excelled at Trials. She gets it from her mother, Amy, who was an All-American diver at Wellesley College and her daughter’s first diving coach.

Young, 24, finished 23rd in the 2015 NCAA Championships for Florida State. She is the granddaughter of an Olympic track and field bronze medalist from the 1948 Olympics.

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First Olympic women’s aerials champion Cheryazova dies at 50

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MOSCOW (AP) Lina Cheryazova, the first woman to win an Olympic aerials skiing gold medal, has died. She was 50.

Officials in the Russian city of Novosibirsk, where Cheryazova was living for the last two decades, said she died “following a lengthy illness,” without giving further details.

Competing for Uzbekistan, Cheryazova won gold with a triple flip when aerials skiing debuted on the Olympic program in 1994 in Lillehammer.

Shortly after winning, she learned her mother died three weeks before.

Cheryazova’s career was derailed later that year when she suffered a serious head injury while training in the United States, and spent days in a coma. She retired after failing to qualify for the 1998 Winter Olympics.

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Clare Egan notches first World Cup podium in biathlon season finale

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In the final biathlon event of the 2018-19 season, American Clare Egan recorded her first career World Cup podium finish, placing third in the mass start in Oslo, Norway. She hit 19 of 20 targets and crossed the finish line 10.4 seconds behind winner Hanna Oberg of Sweden. Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff finished second.

Egan, 31, made her Olympic debut at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, but considered retiring from biathlon at the end of the last season. “I decided that I wanted to do one more year, just for fun, just to see how much I could learn and how good a biathlete I could become,” Egan said in a U.S. Biathlon press release.

Her decision to continue has paid off: since the start of the 2018-19 season, Egan has posted the top eight finishes of her career (including three top-10 results). She concludes the season ranked 18th in the overall World Cup standings.

“I skied much faster this year than I have in the past and I think that was due to finally finding a good balance in my training, between working hard and resting. I did not train more, but the quality was much higher. I’m very excited for the next season,” Egan told U.S. Biathlon.